Chicago (Booth). Not surprisingly, Booth sends a large number of graduates into finance (35% of the Class of 2015). This year, Booth was just behind Wharton for this industry and yet sent a slightly higher percentage of grads (17%) into investment banking than did Wharton (14%). Booth also sends slightly more grads into consulting, but numbers going into technology, consumer goods, manufacturing, and even health care are right in line with Wharton.
Columbia. Last year, Columbia sent the same percentage (37%) of its grads as Wharton into the finance industry, and, like Booth, sent a high percentage of graduates (16%) into investment banking compared to other top-tier schools. In fact, by the numbers, Columbia and Wharton are remarkably similar, sending nearly equivalent numbers into consulting, consumer products, and technology.
NYU (Stern). Columbia’s downtown rival sends a similar percentage of students into finance (34%) to Wharton. Known as a strong feeder school to Wall Street, Stern placed a much higher percentage of grads (24%) into investment banking than Wharton (14%), Booth (17%), and Columbia (16%). If you’re looking to pursue investment banking, Stern is the place to be! Although its consulting numbers are lower than Columbia’s, technology numbers are comparable, although overall NYU’s range of industry placements is somewhat narrower than either Columbia or Wharton.
Dartmouth (Tuck). If you’re looking for a slightly different MBA experience outside of the larger cities but with similar career opportunities, you might want to consider Tuck. Interestingly, Tuck sends a large percentage of grads (24%) into finance, and an impressive number of individuals into consulting (34%). The school is known as a “hidden gem” among private equity recruiters, and it has a strong network of alumni in the field. The tech sector is also well-represented, with 18% of the Class of 2015 pursuing careers in this industry, compared to Wharton’s 11% placement in technology.